Mary Cassatt - The Bath 1890-1891

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Mary Cassatt - The Bath 1890-1891

The Bath 1890-1891
32x24cm color drypoint, aquatint and softground etching
from two plates, printed à la poupée, on ivory laid paper
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, United States
The image is only being used for informational and educational purposes

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From The Art Institute of Chicago:
As views of childhood changed, so did ideas about the roles of mothers. Women of the upper class were encouraged to be more active in the daily lives of their children, and works in this gallery illustrate such activities as bathing, nursing, and soothing. The common use of wet nurses was increasingly discouraged, not only by male philosophers and medical doctors, but also by an emerging feminist movement. As with today’s breastfeeding advocacy, mothers in the 19th century were taught the benefits of nursing, both in terms of public health but also as a means of fostering healthy emotional and physical bonds with their children. Works in this gallery by Mary Cassatt, Lovis Corinth, Helen Hyde, and Édouard Jean Vuillard, among others, celebrate tender interactions between mothers and their young children.
— Exhibition text panel, Undressed: The Fashion of Privacy, June 22–September 29, 2013, Galleries 124–127.